Suzi Morrow

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games, Referee
SexFemale
Full nameSuzanne "Suzi"•Morrow (-Francis)
Used nameSuzi•Morrow
Born14 December 1930 in Toronto, Ontario (CAN)
Died11 June 2006 in Brantford, Ontario (CAN)
AffiliationsToronto Skating Club, Toronto (CAN)
NOC Canada

Biography

With partner Wallace Diestelmeyer, Suzanne “Suzi” Morrow not only won a bronze medal in figure skating pairs at the 1948 Winter Olympics, but developed and first performed figure skating’s “death spiral” with only one hand. Previously this move, which entails the man pivoting with one toe on the ice while the woman circles him with her body almost parallel to the ice, had been performed professionally with two hands, and thus the female was not lowered entirely to the ice. The previous year she and Diestelmeyer had been the North American pairs champions and together they spent two years (1947-1948) as Canadian champions in the event, and had claimed a bronze medal at the World Championships in the pairs event earlier that year. Morrow also had a successful career in the singles category and was Canadian champion for three consecutive years from 1949 through 1951. At the World Championships, however, she went from 13th (1948) to 4th (1950-1952), then back down to 5th (1953). She competed in this event twice at the Winter Olympics, placing 14th in 1948 and 6th in 1952. After her retirement, she worked as a figure skating judge for more than fifty years, including at World Championship and Olympic events. At the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, she became the first woman to take the Olympic judge’s oath. She obtained a degree in veterinary medicine in 1952 and worked as a veterinarian until 1995, as well as a dog show judge with the Canadian Kennel Club. She, along with partner Diestelmeyer, was made a member of the Skate Canada Hall of Fame in 1992.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1948 Winter Olympics Figure Skating (Skating) CAN Suzi Morrow
Singles, Women (Olympic) 14
Pairs, Mixed (Olympic) Wallace Diestelmeyer 3 Bronze
1952 Winter Olympics Figure Skating (Skating) CAN Suzi Morrow
Singles, Women (Olympic) 6

Referee

Games Sport (Discipline) / Event NOC / Team Phase Unit Role As
1964 Winter Olympics Figure Skating (Skating) CAN Suzi Morrow
Singles, Women (Olympic) Final Standings Judge #5
Singles, Women (Olympic) Compulsory Figures Judge #5
Singles, Women (Olympic) Free Skating Judge #5
Pairs, Mixed (Olympic) Final Standings Judge #4
1976 Winter Olympics Figure Skating (Skating) CAN Suzi Morrow
Singles, Men (Olympic) Final Standings Judge #1
Singles, Men (Olympic) Compulsory Figures Judge #1
Singles, Men (Olympic) Short Program Judge #1
Singles, Men (Olympic) Compulsory Figures and Short Program Summary Judge #1
Singles, Men (Olympic) Free Skating Judge #1
1980 Winter Olympics Figure Skating (Skating) CAN Suzi Morrow
Ice Dancing, Mixed (Olympic) Final Standings Judge #7
Ice Dancing, Mixed (Olympic) Compulsory Dances Judge #7
Ice Dancing, Mixed (Olympic) Original Set Pattern Dance Judge #7
Ice Dancing, Mixed (Olympic) Compulsory Dances and Original Set Pattern Dance Summary Judge #7
Ice Dancing, Mixed (Olympic) Free Dance Judge #7
1988 Winter Olympics Figure Skating (Skating) CAN Suzi Morrow
Pairs, Mixed (Olympic) Short Program Judge #5
Pairs, Mixed (Olympic) Free Skating Judge #5

Special Notes